The White House said Wednesday that Egypt, Jordan and Morocco, Arab countries allied with the United States, would participate in the Manama conference on the economic side of the US peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
These three countries “informed us that they will be present for this workshop,” said a senior official of the US presidency, without specifying at what level, ministerial or not, they would be represented.
The team charged by Donald Trump to prepare an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan has planned to unveil the economic component at this conference, on 25 and 26 June in Bahrain.
The idea is to dazzle the Palestinians with economic development if their leaders are ready to accept the political proposals of the White House, which will be known at a later date, at a date still unknown.
For that, Jared Kushner, the adviser and son-in-law of the American president who is at the helm, needs the support of the Arab allies of the United States, supposed to get their hands on the wallet and convince the Palestinians to accept this offer.
The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the allied Gulf powers of Washington, announced their participation, but US media reported in recent days of Palestinian pressure on Egypt, Jordan and Morocco not to surrender. in Manama.
The Palestinian Authority itself, which has been boycotting the Trump administration since it unilaterally recognized Jerusalem at the end of 2017 as the capital of Israel, said it would not go to Bahrain.
The participation of these key allies in Washington could pave the way for that of the Jewish state. The United States seemed to be waiting to ensure a satisfactory level of participation before involving Israel.
Donald Trump has promised to reach the “ultimate agreement” between Israelis and Palestinians, where all his predecessors have failed, but Palestinians and many observers believe his plan, whose political outlines are kept secret, will do much Israel’s demands.